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Children should not have to face mental health problems alone

Children should not have to face mental health problems alone

Place2Be is a children and young people's mental health charity with almost 30 years' experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools.

We provide mental health support in schools through one-to-one and group counselling using tried and tested methods backed by research. In addition, we also offer expert training and professional qualifications.

Why it's important

1 in 5

children and young people have a probable mental health condition, and many continue to have these problems into adulthood.

50%

of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14.

1 in 10
boys aged 5-19 with a mental health condition are suspended in some form from school.

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How we help

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Mental health support in schools

Our in-school mental health service supports the wellbeing of pupils, families and staff.

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Our mental health services in schools

We provide mental health services in schools that contribute to a whole-school approach to mental health.

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Counselling training and placements

Gain experience and skills with our child counselling training and placements.

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Your support makes it possible

Thousands of vulnerable children and families depend on our work every single day. We simply cannot reach them without your help. There are so many ways to lend your support.

Child talking to counsellor
For every £1 invested

Place2Be’s counselling service in primary schools has the potential to return £8 to society by improving long-term outcomes for each child.

How you can help

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Take part in an event

Run, cycle, walk. Trek to great heights or tackle some muddy obstacles. Take a look at our fundraising events.

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Partner with us

See how your organisation can help us to support more children, families and school staff across the UK.

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Our impact

In the last school year

6,901

pupils were supported through one-to-one counselling.

33,327

pupils booked their own appointments to speak to our mental health professional.

After one-to-one counselling with Place2Be

76%

of children with severe difficulties show an improvement in mental health, according to parents.

64%

of pupils whose difficulties impacted their learning in class improved, according to teachers.

75%

of children and young people found it easier to make and keep friends, according to parents and carers.

Place2Be: improving children's mental health

 

Hear directly from children and young people, parents, Head Teachers, and staff about how Place2Be helps.

News & blogs

Award winning mezzo-soprano, composer and long-time Place2Be supporter Laura Wright smiling as she stands in front of a piano. Her hair is pulled back and she is wearing a cream shirt.

Laura Wright becomes a Place2Be Champion

Place2Be's newest Champion Laura Wright reflects on the impact of music on mental health and wellbeing.

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A young boy sitting down in a classroom, facing away from the camera. He is reading a book.

Place2Be welcomes cross-party commitment to expanding school mental health services

Last week, every major party in England made commitments to support children and young people’s mental health.

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Singer-songwriter Katie Melua standing with a group of pupils from Knightsbridge School in front of the stage at Battersea Arts Centre. Large orange and pink flowers have been placed on either side of the stage.

Arts & Minds Gala raises over £308,000 for children’s mental health

Nearly 200 guests came together for Place2Be's Arts & Minds gala dinner held at the Battersea Arts Centre.

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